The Born This Way Ball is Lady Gaga’s third concert tour and her most ambitious yet. It's 110 shows in total - dates in Asia, New Zealand and Australia have already been completed, the European leg of the tour has just commenced and then it will be onwards to Latin America, South Africa and North America by January 2013.
Sunday (2 September) is when the juggernaut that is Lady Gaga hits Copenhagen - Denmark’s capital of cool. Never known as the most ebullient of people, I was interested to see what locals were expecting to see from one of the world’s most influential and controversial celebrities.
For Andreas, a finance director in his late 20s, Lady Gaga is important because: ‘[She] is changing the whole music industry with her lyrics, music videos, opinions and the way she interacts with her fans. She is the story of the ugly duckling, who became a dirty swan.
'I think a lot of people can relate to that it's ok to be who you are and that being an artist is not all about always looking picture perfect. When she dresses up and acts a bit freaky, she makes people around feel more normal, and I guess us fans like that.
‘Also, she’s an amazing live performer - I’ve got a stalls ticket so I can get really close and dance. Should be a great concert!’
Also looking forward to the concert is mid-20s government auditor Nikolaj: ‘I like Gaga's songs and that she encourages people to accept each other. I think that it is a good message to send to people around the world - and I like that she provokes everyone a bit. Plus the concert will be a big party!’
Lady Gaga has described the Born This Way Ball as an 'electro-metal pop-opera' - the performance is divided into five acts and focuses on political and social themes such as discrimination, self-love and government control.
After Copenhagen the Born This Way Ball continues on to Cologne in Germany before arriving at London’s Twickenham stadium for two nights (8 and 9 September), on to Manchester (11th September), then Dublin (15 September) before heading back to the continent for a string of dates to complete the European leg of this epic adventure.